This episode is an exercise for
everyone who keeps writing to me to insist that one or the other wrong
definitions of Left and Right is actually correct.
We look at who was on the left and on the right in three
different time periods:
1.- The early French revolution in 1789, which is
what the whole Left Right analogy is based on.
2.- The 3rd republic in France 1870-1940 where
seating in the National Assembly was arranged on a Left-Right spectrum,
analogous to the early French Revolution.
3.- The different branches of late 19th
and early 20th century socialist movement.
And we apply all of the junk definitions – the market vs.
the state, the individual vs. the collective, big vs. small government,
equality vs. liberty - and we watch them all crash and burn, leaving only the Equality
vs. Hierarchy / class conflict left standing, victorious.
Apply this exercise on your own to any historical period from
1789 until the rise of the USSR and the cold war, and you'll get the same